Princess sidelines Grand Princess in Honolulu after engine fire caused it to lose power
From Star Advertiser
HONOLULU, HAWAII — Dec. 4, 2015 — The cruise ship Grand Princess, which lost power at sea Monday about 20 miles east of Hawaii island, canceled the rest of its Hawaii voyage today and will offer its 2,592 passengers full refunds and airfare to San Franciso.
The ship docked Tuesday morning in Honolulu Harbor for repairs, according to Karen Candy, a Pacific Cruises spokeswoman in Clarita, Calif.
“We had technical experts join the ship yesterday to inspect all systems and verify the safety of the ship. Lloyd’s Register reviewed all actions and cleared the ship to sail. In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard has been involved throughout the process and has also cleared the ship to sail,” Candy said. “However, while there is no impact to maneuverability or safety, the ship cannot attain maximum speed therefore we must adjust the future itinerary.”
The cruise line canceled the port calls to Nawiliwili and Lahaina in order to return to San Francisco as scheduled on Dec. 10.
The ship will remain at Pier 2 and will depart this evening at 6 p.m. for Ensenada, Mexico.
“We regret that this situation has impacted the cruise and sincerely apologize that we’ve been unable to deliver the expected cruise vacation experience.,” Candy added
The cruise line will offer passengers a full refund and compensation, she added, and will fly any of them to San Francisco if they wish to leave now.
The vessel was on the fifth day of a 15-day cruise to Hawaii and Mexico when it experienced electrical problems about 20 miles off Hilo on Monday morning.
Princess Cruises, which operates the ship, said that at about 5:30 a.m. Monday the propulsion circuit breaker in the aft switchboard suffered “significant failure,” resulting in smoke.
No injuries occurred as a result of the incident, she said.
Passengers said that power was restored in about an hour.
Passenger Ed Arnow said the full refund is “great.”
Arnow said he and his wife, Jo, will remain aboard.
But Arnow said he was disappointed because the couple had planned to meet with their daughter, who lives on Maui.
Grand Princess is carrying 2,592 guests and 1,095 crew on a 15-day Hawaii cruise that departed San Francisco on Nov. 25.